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September 19, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
IN THE END, it is still a horse race. It just happens to be the most important race in the history of Pennsylvania racing and the first time a Kentucky Derby winner has run in the state after winning the Derby. The stakes are high for tomorrow's $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx, with many questions. Is California Chrome the same horse that so dominated his peers all winter and spring? Is he better? If he wins and looks good doing it, how cool will the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita be, with Chrome against unbeaten Shared Belief, last year's 2-year-old champion, who is scheduled to run in the Sept.
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September 18, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ONE OF the time-honored traditions of big-time horse racing is the "wait" at the barn for the star to arrive. Word was California Chrome would arrive on the Parx backstretch at 3 p.m. yesterday. The Kentucky Derby winner walked out his stall at Los Alamitos Race Course at 2 a.m. Pacific time, rode in a van to the Ontario (Calif.) Airport, where he flew with several other horses to Lexington, Ky. After a brief stop, the plane was flown to Allentown. Chrome got on to another van there and arrived at Barn 10, flanked by the three-eighths pole and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, promptly at 3:42 p.m. As is Chrome's custom, he was backed down the chute by assistant trainer Alan Sherman and walked smoothly right into his home until Saturday's $1 million Pennsylvania Derby.
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September 18, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, ready to race Saturday for the first time since his ill-fated bid for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes, is the even-money favorite in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby. Is facing Chrome right off a layoff the best shot for his opponents? That would make sense. "It does leave him a little vulnerable in my book," said Ron Winchell, owner of Tapiture, also running in the Pennsylvania Derby, and Untapable, the favorite in the $1 million Cotillion.
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September 17, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
IT REALLY is happening. On Saturday, Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is running in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing in Bensalem. It became official late yesterday afternoon in the Cotillion Room on the first floor of the racetrack building between races Nos. 8 and 9 when entries were drawn for two $1 million races that will anchor the most significant horse racing event ever run in the commonwealth. A pill with No. 1 on it was pulled from a shaker with eight numbered pills.
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September 3, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ON SMARTY JONES Day at Parx Racing, 10 years after Pennsylvania's greatest horse won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness before coming tantalizingly close to winning the Triple Crown, the fans there for yesterday's four stakes worth $1 million saw locals do everything but win the Smarty Jones Stakes in a huge upset, a Maryland racing legend fall just short of another impossible winning rally, a son of Smarty Jones win at the only distance Smarty did...
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August 29, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
WHEN YOU are the director of racing at a track not in Kentucky, New York or California and your job is to make your signature stakes races as strong as possible, your task is always going to difficult. Every once in a great while, the stars align and you get everything you could have ever imagined. "To get the Kentucky Derby winner and Kentucky Oaks winner at our track on the same day is about as good it could get," said Sal Sinatra, the director of racing at Parx. On Sept. 20, Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is coming to run at Parx in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, just after Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable runs in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes.
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July 25, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
A DECADE ago, Ron Winchell thought he might have his family's first Kentucky Derby winner. Trainer Michael Dickinson knew Tapit had rare talent, but, unfortunately, a lingering lung infection trumped the talent in the spring of 2004. "We never really knew how much talent Tapit had other than he was off the scale," Dickinson said. "He was hugely impressive winning The Laurel Futurity at 2. He encountered serious lung disease in Florida [in early 2004]. " Tapit finished sixth in the 2004 Florida Derby, but then won the Wood Memorial as a final Derby prep.
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June 9, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
ELMONT, N.Y. - The day demanded history. They ran the Belmont Stakes on a blue-sky Saturday with Manhattan shimmering like Oz on the clear horizon. The crowd was enormous, and so was its desire to witness the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. But the history that horse racing so badly needed died just as it always seems to, in the long Belmont stretch with a fresh horse crossing the finish line first. California Chrome, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, finished tied for fourth, a length behind winner Tonalist, as yet another effort to coronate a 12th Triple Crown winner crashed on a New York evening.
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